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ski resort openings

Now that it's getting dark at night and the electric blanket has gone on, it's time to think of the ski season. But by the time you may be just about to start thinking of it, some of the Austrian resorts are already open!

Here's a quick rundown of some of the main resorts, when they open, and what they have planned on the opening weekend or, in some cases, as a festival.

2017 opening dates for selected ski resorts

Here are some of the opening dates and any particular events planned for the start of the ski season:


Obergurgl, TyrolObergurgl kicks off the season as one of the first non-glacier resorts to start up. From 16 November 2017 the Skiopening offers music and parties.

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Sölden glacierSölden's glaciers open around the end of September but the winter season proper starts with the World Cup ski racing event in November on the Rettenbach glacier. The women's giant slalom is on the 28th and the men's on the 29th of the month. Both events of course with support programmes of music and frivolity...
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St Anton

St Anton ski openingSt Anton has its opening weekend scheduled for the 01.12 - 03.12 this year, with German rock band Revolverheld and singer-songwriter Gregor Meyle featuring as live music acts.

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IschglIschgl starts out this season on November 25 with the most successful German chart songstress Andrea Berg for the Top of the Mountain Opening Concert, as always free with a valid ski pass.

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Obertauern, SalzburgMoving on we travel over to the province of Salzburg and its own high-level resort. Obertauern kick off the season towards the end of November with the Obertauern Beats Festival and then move into gear on 2nd December with German chart hit Andreas Bourani.
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Kaprun, SalzburgThe Zell am See / Kaprun ski area has the advantage of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and opens in the first week of October, given good snow conditions. The WOW Glacier Love on November 03-05 is the first festival, with DJs and well-known dance and house acts taking part.
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We've only picked a few of the higher or more well-known resorts out - but many others have their own parties, concerts and festivals to set off the season. So if you fancy a few days at the beginning of the season, check out the flights into Innsbruck or Salzburg and enjoy the start of the season with the locals.

Ski article updated: 05.09.17